These days, we try to avoid lower contrast and flare, but it’s part of the charm of most retro photography. However, achieving flare is quite a hard effect to replicate unless you’re shooting in ideal light conditions, with the sun in, or close to the edge of, the frame. To save time and effort, here’s how to add a convincing flare effect in Photoshop Elements.
Is the Alien Skin Exposure 4 Photoshop Plug-in a fun way to bring back the character and qualities of film? Or is it just a bit of a gimmick. Find out in our Alien Skin Exposure 4 review.
In the traditional darkroom, split tone effects are applied to images using a combination of chemicals to tint different tonal areas, such as the shadows or the highlights. This effect can be recreated in the digital darkroom by using this very simple method for split toning in Photoshop.
In the days of the darkroom, film would be chopped into fours or sixes then lined up and used to create a contact sheet. In most cases, this served as a useful overview of the roll of film, but there are more creative possibilities. We can achieve similar results in Photoshop from a single image by making a duplicate layer for each contact sheet window to recreate the effect of an old film contact sheet.
In this age of flawless digital photography, there’s something irresistible about the retro photography and analogue Photoshop effects that hark back to the days when imperfection was all part of the charm. In this Photoshop tutorial we’ll dissect and analyse the different effects that make up this popular retro photography look.
Do you miss the days of the wet darkroom? Or rather, do you not miss that awful smell of chemicals but you long for some of effects you could create using your old traditional darkroom techniques? Here are six Photoshop effects based on traditional darkroom processes you can use to make retro-styled images
F uji Velvia film was only introduced in 1990, but with its super-saturated colours, fine-grain and sharpness it quickly changed the look of landscape and nature photography.
There were several films that could match some of these characteristics, but it soon became the film of choice for many landscape and nature photographers who wanted to give their shots maximum impact.
Here, we’ll show you how to recreate the look of this iconic film to improve a digital landscape shot.
Retro photography is all the rage at the moment. From the out-of-focus, heavily vignetted results from ‘lo-fi’ cameras such as the Holga and Lomo, to the distinctive colours and tones of much-loved vintage film, there are almost as many retro looks as there are other styles of digital photography put together. So it’s not surprising that getting to grips with retro photography can be a bit confusing.
Looking at much that passes for retro or lo-fi photography, it might seem like it’s simply a matter of snapping away and applying some Photoshop magic. Yet, as with any photographic style, you’ll get the best results if you shoot carefully and try to expose the image correctly in-camera.
Here we offer our best advice for how to get the retro photography look in-camera by applying the right camera settings and techniques to allow you to spend minimal time in Photoshop.
A great way to breathe new life (often at little cost) into your photography is to adapt old lenses to use with your digital camera. There are two main options when it comes to choosing old lenses for your digital camera – using an old manual focus lens, or modern, low-tech glass from Lensbaby, Diana or other specialists. Both solutions mean you will sacrifice some of the automatic features on your digital camera, but that’s part of the appeal.
The Osmonds, woodchip wallpaper… plenty of things from the 70s are best forgotten, but the faded look of round-cornered prints have lasting retro charm. You’ll find plenty of inspiration for this type of print if you’ve got an old photo album lying around.
The 70s retro look can put the finishing touch to any shot, but combine it with a source image taken using one of the techniques in the first part of this feature, and you will end up with
a really eye-catching result.